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  • Making it Big in the Sunglass Business Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 10:24 AM ET
    Rico

    After squeezing nearly 50 different pairs onto his head, Rico Elmore didn't walk into the desert sunshine with a new pair of sunglasses. But he did walk out with an idea for a business.

  • The Toughest State to Start a Small Business Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 10:20 AM ET
    Las Vegas

    A new study found that three-quarters of businesses in Nevada reported they were unable to grow due to difficulties in obtaining financing.

  • How to Ask Your Bank for Money Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 9:33 AM ET
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    You're not pitching the upside--you're alleviating fears about downside risk. Make sure you know the difference.

  • What Small Business Can Learn From Google Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 11:25 AM ET
    A sign is displayed outside of the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

    The core lessons learned at Google translate readily to any business to create agility, employee engagement, and ultimately, stronger business results.

  • For Small Businesses, Taxes Top Election Concern Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 10:35 AM ET
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    Tax codes, employment regulations and retirement security are the top three election issues for small business owners, according to payroll service provider Paychex.

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    The small business owner has some unique opportunities in this business environment, chief among them, the ability to build value over time, the opportunity to increase return and a competitive field bereft of distracting competition and chock-full of opportunity.

  • Bring Your Own Device: Smart Move For Businesses? Monday, 21 May 2012 | 11:19 AM ET
    Apple's iPhone 3Gs

    Some companies promote “BYOD,’’ or Bring Your Own Device, to cut costs. But it's creating headaches for IT departments, who must guard against iffy apps and careless employees.

  • Science and Tech Startups Look to Uncle Sam for Help Friday, 18 May 2012 | 1:43 PM ET
    Biotech

    In an annual survey of startup CEOs in the software, hardware, life science and clean-tech sectors, the company leaders pointed to several federal policies they believe aid their growth.

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    A new survey from Bank of America shows that small business owners are more confident in their local economies than the national economy. And they’re looking for signs of growth in their local economies before they grow their business.

  • CNBC Town Hall on Small Business: Entrepreneurs Wanted Thursday, 17 May 2012 | 10:36 AM ET
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    Are you an entrepreneur living your dream? A small business owner working to innovate amid trying economic times? CNBC wants to invite you to its Town Hall event on June 13 in Atlanta.

  • Small Businesses, Big Banks: Good Fit? Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 10:40 AM ET
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    One retailer's experience raises a question that many small businesspeople are asking in times of tighter credit and uneven profits: Are bigger banks willing to deal with the risk of a smaller business in tough times?

  • Survey Predicts a Summer Job Boost is Coming Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 7:02 AM ET
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    A pickup in hiring heading into the summer months could bode well for jobs creation in the second half of 2012, according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder.com.

  • JOBS Act Will Drive Businesses to IPO On-Ramp: Opinion Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 2:56 PM ET
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    While the center of the universe this week for Wall Street and the IPO world is Facebook’s long-awaited debut to the public market, the biggest ongoing story related to the IPO market is the enactment last month of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.

  • Small Businesses Embrace Disaster Preparedness Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 12:07 PM ET
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    Small and medium-size businesses are looking to technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobile devices to beef up their disaster preparedness capabilities.

  • Outrageous Drinks Monday, 14 May 2012 | 4:54 PM ET
    The latest entry into the flavored vodka arena: While that might not be the vodka of choice for your next Bloody Mary, you have to admit you’re curious. That’s what marketers are counting on. Unusual flavors and packaging are helping companies in the alcoholic beverage market stand out in a saturated – so to speak – market. According to the latest data from the USDA Economic Research Service, consumers spent nearly  on alcoholic beverages in the U.S. in 2010.So, with a little creative packaging

    With a little creative packaging and a lot of innovation, spirits manufacturers are expanding the market. Check out some of the most unusual ways businesses are innovating in the world of alcohol.

  • Site Helps Businesses Tame the 'CustoMonster' Monday, 14 May 2012 | 3:21 PM ET
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    Ashey and Robert Bodi have set up a website that helps small business owners combat the CustoMonster — the customer that is never satisfied and is slow to pay.

  • Small Size Is Your Biggest Advantage Monday, 14 May 2012 | 11:58 AM ET
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    Small businesses have the advantage of being easier to reach, customer-centric, innovation-driven, and incredibly nimble, compared to larger competitors. There may be no better time to be a small business.

  • Google's Penguin Freezing Out Small Business Searches Monday, 14 May 2012 | 10:03 AM ET
    Google Search

    Being listed near the top of the results page on Google can be the difference between gaining new customers and losing them to another company. A recent series of changes released by Google is affecting the way the search engine giant orders their rankings; small businesses have been hit particularly hard by this update.

  • World's Second-Oldest Profession Goes Online Friday, 11 May 2012 | 9:49 AM ET
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    Pawngo is bringing the world's second-oldest profession into the future by making an online pawn shop.

  • Splendor

    Nearly a third of online shoppers surveyed purchase gifts in the week leading up to Mother's Day; another 18 percent wait until the last minute. So local merchants, expect Saturday to be busy.

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